Entangled Empathy: A Workshop on Ecofeminism & the Intersectional Self in Poetry

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Blue Cactus Press invites you to participate in a FREE, virtual poetry workshop facilitated by BCP author Esther Vincent Xueming on June 17, 2021, at 7 PM (PST). In this hour-long workshop, we will examine Gaard’s definition of ecofeminism, which focuses on the politics of relations or “interbeing” as essential to how the woman finds herself located in time and place as an intersectional being. We will further explore the concept of empathy, and discuss Gruen’s metaphor of “entangled empathy” which Gaard relates to “compassion and action” typified by eco-social justice. For more details on the workshop content, delivery, and facilitator, please see the full description and notes below. 

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Blue Cactus Press invites you to participate in a poetry workshop facilitated by BCP author Esther Vincent Xueming, titled “Entangled Empathy: A Workshop on Ecofeminism & the Intersectional Self in Poetry.” The workshop centers on Greta Gaard’s definition of ecofeminism as an
evolving praxis… that grew out of many women’s interconnected sense of self-identity—a deep recognition of interbeing that bridges socially constructed boundaries of class, race, species, sexuality, gender, age, ability, nation, and more—and an “entangled empathy” (Gruen 2012) that brings both compassion and action to the task of alleviating conditions of eco-social injustice. (“Ecofeminism” 68)
In this workshop, participants will examine Gaard’s definition of ecofeminism, which focuses on the politics of relations or “interbeing” as essential to how the woman finds herself located in time and place as an intersectional being. We will further explore the concept of empathy, and discuss Gruen’s metaphor of “entangled empathy” which Gaard relates to “compassion and action” typified by eco-social justice. With these understandings in mind, we will read poems using an intersectional ecofeminist lens in order to answer these questions: How can an intersectional ecofeminist reading of a poem empower marginalised groups and promote eco-social justice? Can poetry enable us to (in the words of Donna Haraway) ‘make kin’ with other person-beings that we share this earth with, and in doing so, cultivate an “entangled empathy” to foster compassion and action?

A Few Notes

• This is a one-hour, virtual workshop held on Thursday, 17 June, 7PM (PST) / Friday, 18 June, 11AM (SGT). 

• Participants will need to bring a poem to the workshop and may be asked to submit their poem ahead of the session. 

• This workshop is free to attend, but registration is required. 

• Workshop capacity is limited to twenty participants.

• This workshop will be streamed on Facebook Live and made available after the session on Facebook and the Blue Cactus Press website for promotional and publicity purposes. If you are not comfortable having yourself recorded, please switch off your video during the workshop. 
 

• Esther Vincent Xueming’s debut poetry collection, Red Earth, is forthcoming from Blue Cactus Press in Fall 2021. 


About the Facilitator

Photo credit: Ethan Leong

Esther Vincent Xueming is the editor-in-chief and founder of The Tiger Moth Review, an eco journal of art and literature based in Singapore. She is also co-editor of two poetry anthologies, Poetry Moves (Ethos Books, 2020) and Little Things (Ethos Books, 2013). Her debut poetry collection, Red Earth (forthcoming, Fall 2021, Blue Cactus Press), was a finalist for the Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize 2020 (New York). Her poems have been published online and in print locally and internationally. She was a Second place winner and finalist at the National Poetry Competition (Singapore) 2020 and 2019 respectively, and a Best New Poets (US & Canada) nominee in 2019. A literature educator by profession, she is passionate about the relationships between art, literature and the environment. Follow her on Twitter @EstherVincentXM.

 

 

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Workshop Date

April 14, 2021 @ 5-8 PM, April 28, 2021 @ 5-8 PM

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